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Old 05-13-2007, 12:39 PM   #34
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Simon, Yap, Chandler preside over furious offensive onslaught

Sunday, 13 May 2007

Purefoods put up a monstrous game and got away with a convincing triumph after letting three straight pulsating contests slip away.

Drawing 30-point games from three players, the Giants built a 25-point halftime lead and held off the Barangay Ginebra Kings' determined chase in the final half for a 117-105 win Sunday night in the 2007 Talk N Text PBA Fiesta Conference at the Araneta Coliseum.
Peter June Simon fired 31 points while Marquin Chandler and James Yap poured in 30 apiece for the Giants who played with a sense of urgency to check their slump.

"We badly needed that win because we're fighting for survival. We're not yet out of the woods but we're out of that 10th spot at least at the moment," said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.

Dealing the Kings their first back-to-back defeats in the tourney, the Giants improved to 5-10, two wins ahead of the cellardweller Welcoat Dragons at 3-10.

"Tinangal ko na ang pressure sa team. We're no longer looking for the top two nor the top five. We're just looking to survive and make the wildcard. Our sights are now set on that," said Gregorio.

The Kings suffered back-to-back losses to the Alaska Aces and the Giants but remained in the lead at 10-4, half a game in front of the Air21 Express’ 9-4 slate.

Bloodied, hurting and all, Ronald Tubid scored a career-high 30 points but had a big booboo with a technical foul while taking a three-point shot that went in at the height of their endgame uprising.

The three-pointer that should have cut the deficit to 103-107 was nullified for the technical foul he committed for sticking out his left foot on the defending Roger Yap.

The Giants completed what became a four-point swing for the team as James Yap knocked in the technical foul shot, making it 108-100 with time down to 3:21.

The Kings came back into the game behind the guns of Tubid and Rod Nealy after being dominated by the Giants in the first half.

From 46-71 down at halftime, the Kings rallied to within 81-92 at the end of the third quarter on an attack highlighted by 14 points coming from Nealy.

Simon played like a man possessed early on, going 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, 3-of-3 from the stripe and 7-of-10 from the two point zone for 23 points as the Giants raced to a 71-46 bulge at the half.

The Giants struck hard from the outside with Chandler firing five triples and James Yap bombing away three treys as they utterly dominated the Kings in the first 24 minutes of play.

So dominant was Purefoods in the first half that it outscored Ginebra by 10 in the first quarter and by 15 in the second period.

The Giants hit at an impressive 64.3 percent clip in ripping the game wide open right in the opening half. Curiously, they were better from the three-point zone, converting 11 of 15 attempts for 73.3 percent.

Their near-flawless first-half stint saw them commit only two turnovers as against the Kings' seven. (NC)

The scores:

Purefoods 117 – Simon 31, Chandler 30, Yap J. 30, Yap R. 9, Salvador 8, Castillo 4, Yee 3, Evangelista 2.

Ginebra 105 – Nealy 32, Tubid 30, Macapagal 11, Salvacion 9, Chia 7, Mamaril 6, Echavez 3, Santos 3, Holper 2, Seigle 2.

Quarterscores: 34-24, 71-46, 92-81, 117-105.
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